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Strengthening the System

The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) is making strategic changes to reduce barriers for applicants not yet registered in Canada to receive permits to practise in Alberta. We are committed to helping strengthen health care in the province.

Our priority is registering applicants who meet the updated criteria for safe nursing practice as quickly as possible.

Why is the CRNA Making Changes?

The College has a commitment to excellence, and as part of that commitment we continually look for ways to improve and innovate our processes to make it as simple as possible for qualified registered nurses to obtain permits.

We want to make it easy for nurses to choose Alberta.

What Are the Changes?

The College is updating procedures and streamlining the application process so that qualified applicants can start working in Alberta more quickly.

Recent changes include:

  • Practice hours requirements: Applicants may now use hours gained through education, competency assessments, and clinical practice hours within the last three years; with the focus being on recent hours.
  • Revised methods to show proof of practice: The CRNA has been working with employers to make it easier for applicants to provide evidence of their practice hours.
  • Expedited assessments: As part of our commitment to excellence, the College is continuously reviewing our procedures to find efficiencies and decrease the time it takes to process permits.
  • Provisional permits: Registrants may temporarily work under a provisional permit while they prepare to write the nursing entrance exam (NCLEX-RN).
  • Updated English language competency requirements: We added different ways to demonstrate English proficiency.


"The CRNA is committed to ensuring that the application process for all equivalent and substantially equivalent applicants is transformed to enhance the health-care system for all Albertans." Joy Peacock, CEO and registrar



"The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) has made strategic changes to the application processes for equivalent and substantially equivalent applicants to increase its contribution to Alberta's health-care system."

Coming in 2023: New Registration Process Will Remove Delays and Improve Pathways For Internationally Educated Nurses

Internationally Educated Nurses Can Apply to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Internationally Educated Nurses by the Numbers

Changes to English Proficiency Tests

Provisional Permits While Waiting to Take the Nursing Exam

Eligible Bridging Programs for Internationally Educated Nurses Registering for the First Time

Helping Applicants Meet the Currency Requirements to Obtain a Permit

Expanding and Modernizing Processes for Internationally Educated Nurses



Partner Announcements

"Alberta and the Philippines have signed an MOU to assist in the recruitment of both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, a crucial part of Alberta’s plan to attract internationally educated nurses to the province."